"I've never had problems with them," says neighbor of 4-year-old boy allegedly abused by foster mom

To Anel Villanueva, who lived next door in the Villa Hermosa Apartments in Norwalk, the two young brothers always looked healthy and well-groomed.
Her foster mother, Gabriela Casarez, told Villanueva that she could not have biological children and hoped to be able to adopt one day.
Villanueva, who manages the apartment complex, struggles to understand what happened on October 28, when four-year-old Andres was carried away on a stretcher by paramedics.
The 26-year-old Casarez has pleaded not guilty in two cases of child abuse and one of bodily harm that led to coma or paralysis.
Andres, in court records as "Andres F." identified, remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
"I've never had any problems with them," said Villanueva. "I could not believe it."
Andres was the youngest child to be severely abused in the care of the Los Angeles County Children's and Family Services Department.
Earlier this week, DCFS director Bobby Cagle informed district executives that he would step down before the end of the year.
A person familiar with Cagle's mindset, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the outgoing director as "exhausted" and said his departure was not compelled by a specific case.
However, Andres' abuse had drawn criticism from other district officials, including the Board of Directors, which commissioned an investigation into DCFS's handling of the case.
Unlike Gabriel Fernandez, Anthony Avalos, and Noah Cuatro - children in the DCFS system who have died in recent years after being molested by janitors - Andres was in the care of a foster parent, not a birth parent.
His case also raises questions about the treatment of indigenous families from Latin America by DCFS.
Andres' birth mother is a Guatemalan immigrant who mainly speaks Akateko, an indigenous Mayan language.
His two-year-old brother Emiliano was also in Casarez's care and remains in foster families.
Casarez's lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.
Michael Alder, an attorney for Andres' biological family, said DCFS was slow to provide updates.
The family doesn't know who is caring for Emiliano and they have little information about Andres ’recovery at a Long Beach hospital, Alder said.
A relative said on social media that Andres woke up from a coma. His family feared he could be paralyzed or left with other lifelong disabilities.
"I don't think she's quite hit with what it's like to have hurt a child this way," Alder said.
Alder declined to say why DCFS took Andres and Emiliano from their birth mother.
The birth mother said the boys would become thin in Casarez's care, her aunt Maria Jacinto told independent journalist Alberto Godinez in an interview in early November.
"They were punished for asking to see their mother," Jacinto said in Spanish. “They were afraid to ask about their mother. She [Casarez] hid them and threatened them somehow. "
Jacinto blamed the boys' DCFS clerk and said she should have checked on the children.
"I think it had to do with the case officer wanting power to make people feel 'less' than not speaking Spanish or English," Jacinto said.
Andres, who mainly speaks Akateko and doesn't understand Spanish well, came to the hospital with bruises, burns and head injuries, she said.
Akateko fluent translator Aurora Pedro said a common misconception is that indigenous languages ​​are dialects of Spanish.
Los Angeles County is home to more than 30 indigenous groups from Mexico and Central America who speak at least 17 languages, according to data collected by Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO).
Many people mistakenly assume that these residents speak fluent Spanish but others don't, said Pedro, the coordinator of CIELO's indigenous interpreting program.
"Saying a word or two in Spanish ... doesn't mean you can go through whole systems - judicial systems - without an interpreter," said Pedro, why we always advocate that people have interpreters, even if they only have a word or two understand or speak Spanish easily. "
Casarez is in jail on $ 1.2 million bail. Her next court date is December 6th.
Villa Hermosa Apartments, 14717 Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk, CA. The foster mother Gabriela Casarez (26) from Norwalk lived here with two children, Andres and Emilio, whom she took care of. She was arrested on October 29 and pleaded not guilty of two cases of child abuse and assault that resulted in coma or paralysis after one of the boys was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
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Back in Norwalk, the neighbors are haunted by the apparently happy family.
Casarez shared her two-room apartment on the first floor next to the two foster children with a man.
Jessica Rios, 49, who lives across the complex from Casarez, watched the police spend hours investigating the apartment.
She gets goosebumps when she thinks about what happened to Andres.
"Se siente feo", she said - it is an ugly feeling that she was so close and noticing anything.
If she had known, she said, "I would have been in pain as I dragged her all over Norwalk."
Times researcher Scott Wilson contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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